THE IDAHO PTECH NETWORK

Connecting the dots between learning
and employment.

This Isn't Your Dad's Vocational School

We ran across this National Journal article about incorporating technical training into a high school in Georgia. In this case the argument is that all students should take a combined program of academic and technical training in preparation for college. It led us to consider how an embedded PTECH program at say, Melba High, could benefit the entire student population. Would a value add to the school be access for all students to the PTECH curriculum?

"Starting this year, all ninth-graders in Georgia will be required to follow a career- or academic-focused "pathway"—in agribusiness, say, or finance—to graduate from high school. In Dalton, educators know that industry-focused courses can help teens thrive—but only when such courses aren't considered a separate track. The lines between electives, college-preparatory work, and career exploration are blurring. Schools that take this seriously can use career courses to elevate every student's education, rather than to warehouse the students lagging behind."